What If I Forget a Dose?If you forget to use this medication, apply it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In this case, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose.
How Does It Work?Desonide foam belongs to a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Desonide foam works for atopic dermatitis by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
When and How to Use Desonide FoamSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with desonide foam include the following:
- This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin twice a day.
- Apply desonide foam sparingly and gently rub it into the skin. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
- Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage, unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so.
- Make sure to turn the canister upside down when dispensing the foam. Keeping it upright will result in loss of the propellant, perhaps causing the foam to "run out" more quickly.
- If applying desonide foam to your face, first dispense the foam into your hands, then apply and rub it into the skin. For other areas of the body, you may dispense the foam directly onto the affected area if desired.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.